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Exclusive NewsLowther at Court  18 November 2019 
Lowther at CourtWe report our experience of going to Crown Court in Preston, expecting  to hear  Lowther Gardens Trustees defend their decision not to renew the commercial Cafe lease. In the end it was settled in the building but out of court. We have a pen picture of the process and a summary of the result. Whilst the cafe lease is now settled - at least for a time, the bigger picture is still in flux......

 Significant NewsMoss Road - Latest  08 November 2019 
Moss Road latestCllr Paul Hayhurst asks Fylde Council to impose a moratorium on building more houses in St Annes until the congestion on Queensway is relieved by the building of the new M55 Link Road across the moss. His debate in Council  brought out the most recent news and gossip, and we know our readers like to keep up to date on this matter......

Exclusive NewsSnippets September 2019  13 September 2019 
Snippets September 2019Snippets about Lytham Institute, especially the Friends Public Meeting on Tuesday;  Lowther Gardens and Pavilion including the court case, and an invalid Governing Document; Fracking with OGA reassurance, and Changes to household waste collection and disposal including news of Fylde's new 400 Householder Fixed Penalty Notices.....

Significant NewsA Sorry Story at LCC  29 August 2019 
A Sorry Story at LCCSuperficially this article is about an attempt to persuade Lancashire County Council to support the Government's Traffic Light System for fracking safety. But its is also about the influence a Chief Executive can bring to bear on a Council's decisions, and it's even more about the tensions and pressures that leading councillors can bring to bear on officers such as the Chief Executive. It's not a pleasant story....

Hot NewsThe Friends Advance  19 July 2019 
The Friends AdvanceThis article examines events bearing the hallmarks of a hidden agenda to dispose of Lytham Institute. We also report the protest march through Lytham last Saturday morning by the Friends of Lytham Institute and Library, and look at the public question asked at Fylde's last Council meeting, plus a preview of a FBC behind-closed-doors Finance and Democracy Committee this coming Monday....

Hot NewsFriends Re-United  26 Jun 2019 
Friends Re-UnitedWe look at what's been happening with the 'Friends of Lytham Institute and Library', LCC, FBC, and Lytham Town Trust since the Friends' last meeting in April. We also break news that Fylde say the Institute and Assembly Rooms are 'surplus to service delivery requirements' and that 'a change from the current situation is something that Fylde has been proposing for over five years. We don't recall those decisions....

 Obituary Keith Beckett  25 Jun 2019 
Obituary Keith BeckettWith sadness we belatedly record the passing of a community stalwart. An essentially practical former Kirkham Town and Fylde Borough Councillor and more recently Alderman. He was an honest, plain speaking man of good humour who worked tirelessly for his community and was held in deep regard and affection by all whose lives he touched....

 Significant NewsBrexit What Next?  10 Jun 2019 
Brexit What NextAnother of our articles with a #Health Warning that some will find not to their taste. It looks at what's happened since our last Brexit article in November last year, and most especially it looks at the ramifications and impacts of the astounding result of the Brexit Party in the European Elections. We also compare the share of the EU Election votes-  Nationally, in the NW and in Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool....

 Fracking Update May 2019  24 May 2019 
Fracking update May 2019A long and (in parts) detailed look at what's been happening in the world of  fracking . It includes: the Roseacre refusal; earthquakes; the Traffic Light safety system; Insurance for fracking; a judicial review and injunction appeal, the Ribby Hall Conference report;  plans to change Cuadrilla's Environmental Permit; Venting (and a warning for Cuadrilla); and details of a wellbore malfunction that Cuadrilla wanted kept secret.....

Hot NewsFylde Election Results 2019   4 May 2019 
Fylde Election Results May 2019We bring the results of Fylde's Borough Council election. Some old names are gone and new faces have arrived. Probably the biggest news is that former Conservative Brenda Blackshaw stood as an Independent and stormed to victory over her former Conservative colleagues in Lytham's Clifton ward. In another surprise change, Sandra Pitman was ousted by first time Independent Brian Gill in Park Ward.....

Exclusive NewsFriends of Library and Institute Meeting April 2019   29 April 2019 
Friends of Lytham Library and Institute meeting April 2019We report a less than harmonious meeting of the Friends Group where strongly diverging views about the future direction the group should take caused acrimony, and the resignation of the Chairman. It also saw a detailed exposition of the implications of charitable trust status that we believe Fylde will soon have to accept, and which should protect the building for the future.....

Exclusive NewsFBC and Lytham Institute  23 April 2019 
FBC and Lytham InstituteWe report a turbulent and, frankly, pretty awful Fylde Council meeting at the end of March, where a unwelcome debate on Lytham Institute and Library had been forced onto the agenda by a Notice of Motion and public and councillor questions. Fylde Conservatives wanted it kept under wraps and voted against the Committee charged with responsibility for libraries from receiving reports and debating the matter....

Hot NewsRunners and Riders 2019  10 April 2019 
Runners and Riders 2019An overview of the forthcoming election - including: the broader forces we think will impact on the election; some of the more memorable folk not standing this year; some statistical Information about numbers of candidates and seats, and our personal comment on candidate's previous electoral form (where known), together with our our own 'pen portraits' of each of them we know.....

Hot NewsPre-Election Gossip  03 April 2019 
Election GossipSlightly in advance of the formal announcement, we report some gossip and speculation about what might be going on and who might (and might not) be standing for election as a Councillor in the forthcoming elections in Fylde. There seem to have been several de-selections of sitting councillors, and were hear tales about a 'Momentum' style movement for change within Fylde's Conservative group....

 Obituary Christine Akeroyd  03 April 2019 
Obituary Christine AkeroydWe record the passing of a warm hearted Councillor who had a deep interest in people and was easily able to humanise decisions she was asked to take. She was a former Mayor of both St. Anne's on the Sea Town Council and of Fylde Borough Council, and raised thousands of pounds for charity in her Mayoral Year....

Breaking NewsSnippets February 2019  15 February 2019 
Snippets Februart 2019Exclusive breaking news on the future of Lytham Institute. Good news about Fylde's 2019 income. A UK first for Fylde in remote access to meetings. Single use plastics, News that 'The Standards Board' might be returning. A new fixed penalty for littering from a vehicle. Unwelcome news re: empty property - it will be double taxed from April. Some crude advertising from Fylde. New charges for bulky waste. Small business rate relief. The M55 Link road. Tramway extensions....

Exclusive NewsBathing Waters Update  12 February 2019 
Bathing Waters UpdateWe report United Utilities' update presentation to Fylde's Environment Health and Housing Committee about our bathing waters. We're unimpressed. We detect an unwelcome change. The focus seems to be shifting away from providing more infrastructure improvements to trying to stop so much rainwater entering the sewers in the first place. Unlike Mr Blair, we don't think 'things can only get better'.....

Exclusive NewsLowther Annual Report  7 February 2019 
Lowther Annual ReportWe report strong words and raised voices at January's Tourism and Leisure Committee. We also reveal why Fylde Council is paying up to 175,000 from our taxes for legal costs sparked by Lowther Gardens Trust, and we confirm the  existence of an invalid Governing Document. The Trust DOES NOT have authority to increase the footprint of the pavilion, so the redevelopment plan is dead - at least for the moment....

Hot NewsPNR: What's Going On?  4 January 2019 
PNR: What's Going On?Cuadrilla has demobilised equipment and is taking lots away from their Preston New Road site. No-one knows why. So we sought the opinions of people close to what's happening and publish their comments with our own conclusions. Don't expect an announcement, but we think Cuadrilla have all but abandoned Well No.1 and face a delay before they can frack Well No.2. We also report a spat at County Hall....


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